Commander: US, Israel after Sowing Discord among Iranian Nation

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A senior Iranian commander warned against a joint plot masterminded by the US and Israel to create rift among people of Iran, saying the ploy aims to undermine the country’s position ahead of the upcoming nuclear talks.

Commander: US, Israel after Sowing Discord among Iranian Nation

Commander of Iran's Basij (volunteer) Force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi warned that the US and Israel seek to foment discord among the Iranian people, explaining that such a move is aimed at preventing Iran form “gaining the upper hand” in nuclear talks with the six world powers slated for next week.

“Rift and schism not only undermine the country’s position in nuclear talks and give the enemy a superior position in the negotiations, but also prepare the ground for return of hegemony to the country,” Naqdi added.

His remarks come ahead of a fresh round of nuclear talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany), which is due to take place on October 15 and 16 in Geneva.

In relevant remarks on Saturday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reaffirmed that Tehran is determined to enter serious talks with the group of six world powers this month.

“We have currently started a very serious and tough job in the international arena, and will enter serious talks with the (Group) 5+1 on the issues,” Zarif said at the time.

Zarif had a meeting with his counterparts from the Group 5+1 on the sidelines of the 68th United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 26.

The meeting which was hosted by EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, and attended by seven foreign ministers, marked the highest-level, direct contact between the US and Iran in many years as the US secretary of state, John Kerry, came face-to-face with the Iranian foreign minister.

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